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Castle Building - oil painting | Paintings by Melissa Patel
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Castle Building - oil painting | Paintings by Melissa Patel
Castle Building - oil painting | Paintings by Melissa Patel

Castle Building - oil painting

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Castle Building, oil paint and fabric on canvas, 30 x 40 in., 2017.

This painting is part of my "Veiling Memoryscapes" series. A series of paintings, which explores the concept of collective memory, a memory of a group of people passed down from one generation to the next. These paintings explore the idea of how collective memory informs my relationship to my cultural heritage, which is represented through the merging of the different landscapes and environments taken from family photographs. By combining different perspectives, I create a new narrative separate from reality. This new narrative is fragmented and ever changing. I veil parts of my paintings with traditional fabrics in order to imbue them with even more sentimental value, and to further break the image apart so that it can be filled with new possibilities.


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Item Castle Building - oil painting
Created by Melissa Patel
As seen in Private Residence, Toronto, Canada
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Melissa Patel is a Toronto based artist who works primarily in drawing, painting, and photography. She was born and raised in Canada, and is of Portuguese and Indian descent. Her multicultural background has been a key influence in her work, which she uses to explore themes of family, identity, memory, heritage, and her relationship to nature and the environment. She sees her work as a way to interpret and understand the world around her by breaking down real world elements and recapturing them through artistic media. She studied at OCAD University and has a BFA in Drawing and Painting. She currently exhibits her work in galleries across Toronto and in 2019 was one of six notable Canadian emerging artists to exhibit in the Daegu Art Fair in South Korea with Partial Gallery.